Eight more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 12.

Neighboring Waldo County had 16 additional cases over the past day, the CDC reported Aug. 12.

No additional hospitalizations or deaths were reported for Knox County residents over the past day. Since the pandemic began, 1,240 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus, 36 were admitted to hospitals and seven died.

Statewide, numbers continue to surge with an additional 235 cases in the past day. Two additional deaths were reported statewide, one each in York and Kennebec counties — increasing the number to 903. Six additional people were hospitalized in the past day, increasing that number to 2,185 since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March 2020.

Currently, 60 Mainers are hospitalized with the virus, 28 in critical care units and 13 are on respirators. This is a significant jump and the highest since spring.

The Maine CDC said the most recent sequences of viruses in Maine during July showed that 86% of the cases were the Delta variant, which is far more transmissible than the original virus.

The CDC reports 26,704 Knox County residents 18 and older are vaccinated, 76% of the population. Neighboring Waldo County has fewer than 65% of its population vaccinated.